Ivan Coyote was invited to attend Breaking the Silence this year as our keynote speaker. Her down to earth stories and sense of humor speak directly to each person in her audience, making you forget the distance between the stage and yourself. As if sitting down for coffee with a friend who just needed to talk.
In the clip I’ve shared below, Ivan tells a story about Christopher, a much loved family member… about how her cousin inspired her to go into schools. About how we all shit, it’s the great leveler, and how a poop story can get students and others to identify and invest in Christopher. How it can get people to care.
Take a few minutes and watch Ivan tell her story. It won’t take long, but in those few minutes, you may change for the better… thanks to a little boy named Christopher.
I’ll be sharing more of Ivan and the Breaking the Silence conference in the next couple of days. I have more videos, more pictures, and more stories. All of which are so very worth sharing. So I hope you’ll keep coming back to see more. 🙂
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In Saskatoon? Feel a need to be involved in something really important that could change lives for the better? Join us on Saturday evening for one hour in the park. Hold a candle, share a story, listen… and let kids know that IT GETS BETTER!
Today, people around the globe, were encouraged to wear purple in solidarity against homophobia, against bullying, and in memory of the several young people who have committed suicide in the last month because of homophobic bullies. In it’s simplest terms? Today we wore purple for equality.
Did you wear purple? why or why not?